With all the public and media attention on climate change these days, Honda’s latest annual environmental report for North America couldn’t come at a better time.
In the 46-page document, the Japanese automaker details how it keeps increasing the efficiency and reducing the carbon footprint of its vehicles and the plants that build them. More specifically, car production by Honda in North America generated 5.3 percent less CO2 than in the previous year. Since 2011, there has been an improvement of 27 percent.
Total solid waste from manufacturing activity was reduced 4.2 percent, the lowest level in five years. According to Honda, the company’s plants continued to operate with less than one percent of waste sent to landfill. Meanwhile, total water use in manufacturing fell 3.9 percent.
When it comes to parts and service, 99 percent of the waste from Honda’s warehousing and distribution centres is currently being recycled. As a result, the CO2 emissions of North American service parts shipments fell 2.6 percent from a year ago and have been reduced 47.5 percent over the past decade.
What about Honda vehicles? For model year 2018, the unadjusted average fuel economy of the company’s automobile fleet rose 1.3 percent and was 18 percent higher the industry average. In terms of CO2 emissions, the numbers are 1.3 percent and 15.1 percent, respectively.
As previously reported, Honda is now the fuel economy leader after relegating Mazda to second place, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Honda’s ultimate goal is to voluntarily reduce its total corporate CO2 emissions by 50 percent by 2050 compared to 2000 levels.
The Honda e finally made its global debut in production form on Tuesday at the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show. It is aimed at European and Japanese customers primarily, but there are no plans to sell it in Canada.
It’s certainly not for a lack of interest, as evidenced by the number of page views it has generated on The Car Guide since the launch of the Urban EV Concept two years ago and the Honda e Prototype earlier this year.
Plus, we know that Honda has big ambitions when it comes to electrification: the goal is for hybrids and all-electric models to account for two thirds of the company’s global sales by 2030.
Behind its retro looks that are reminiscent of the first-generation Civic, the Honda e sports an all-new electric platform. Engineers promise unrivalled fun-to-drive characteristics and usability in the compact EV segment.
A 50-50 weight distribution combines with a wide stance and low centre of gravity that’s just 50 centimetres off the ground to achieve an optimal balance of stability and handling performance. Also, the turning radius is a mere 4.3 metres.
The electric motor sitting under the hood of the Honda e delivers 134 or 152 horsepower, depending on the trim, and 232 pound-feet of torque to drive the rear wheels. Acceleration from 0-100 km/h takes about eight seconds, the company claims.
The big problem is the diminutive size of the car itself and particularly the battery. Rated at 35.5 kWh, the latter allows a range of just 220 kilometres according to the WLTP test cycle, which is not an impressive figure by modern EV standards.
Close to the Prototype
Inside, two six-inch screens display the image of cameras replacing the side mirrors. It’s a detail that we saw on the prototype and we’re a bit surprised to see on the production model—but not as much as the full-width digital dashboard that includes a pair of 12.3-inch displays for the main vehicle functions.
A personal assistant with artificial intelligence and natural language recognition is also part of the mix. It activates when users say “OK Honda” followed by an instruction.
Meanwhile, a mobile app makes it possible to monitor and control the car remotely, while doubling as a key to unlock the doors when you put your smartphone next to them.
Oh, and if you’re curious about the price, the Honda e will start at £26,160 in the U.K., which roughly equals to $42,500 at the current exchange rate.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Honda Canada, and the company is taking the opportunity to celebrate all aspects of where it’s been and how it’s heading into the future.ADVERTISING
“March 11th was the actual day (of the anniversary),” says Jean Marc Leclerc, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Honda Canada. “We have a number of activities and social media to draw attention not to the 50 years but what has transpired over those 50 years to make Honda Canada the company that it is today.
“With our dealers, we’re giving little mementos that they can give to their customers, a Honda 50th anniversary license plate keychain. This is a way to expand the joy to our customers at large and our dealers.”
After being established in Canada in 1969 to sell motorcycles and other products, Honda sold its first Civic here in 1973. Thirteen years later, Honda became the first Japanese automaker to build cars in Canada when the first Alliston, Ontario, manufacturing plant began operations in 1986. A second plant started up twelve years later. More than 8,000,000 cars and light trucks have been built at the facilities since—including the Civic, which remains Canada’s top-selling car—and the plants currently employ 4,200 associates.
Although market trends show that many customers are moving away from cars and into SUVs, Leclerc says that Honda Canada sees that less as a risk for the Civic and more as an opportunity.
“We think that’s a good thing for us in the sense that the Civic is a very strong competitor in that segment,” he says. “We keep attracting new customers to Civic while others are vacating the segment (such as the discontinued Ford Focus and Chevrolet Cruze).
“It actually creates an opportunity for us. We’re seeing benefits from others’ decisions.”
Leclerc says that as the company looks ahead to the next 50 years, electrification is a clear area of focus, but environmental concerns are not a new field for Honda.
“Honda has always been an environmentally conscious company,” he says. “We were one of the first ones to develop four-stroke technology in marine engines, for example. The CVCC Civic was an attempt to meet the very stringent government regulations in the U.S. in the early Seventies, and Honda was the only company that was able to actually meet those regulations. Those are just a few examples of what Honda has done over the years, and it started from day one.
“Our philosophy hasn’t changed. Obviously, electrification is where things are moving, and we’re going to move along with it, as well as with hydrogen technology. It’s part of our history.”
Although Honda does not currently sell any fully battery electric vehicles, Leclerc points out that the company sells several hybrid and plug-in hybrid cars and suggests that efficiency targets would be a more effective way of creating positive change than regulating the types of cars that automakers must sell.
“We have the Insight, we have the Accord Hybrid, we have the plug-in Clarity,” he says. “Compared to some others in terms of what we sell, that may be less. But we’re still as a fleet the most efficient in the marketplace (in the United States, and) in Canada we have the same lineup.
“What we want to focus on, and what we tell governments, is tell us what greenhouse gas emission standards you want to hit. We’ll hit them, and let us decide how we’re going to get there.”
Another aspect of Honda’s history that Leclerc says is integral to the company is motorsport. Honda Canada invests directly in many aspects of racing in this country: it has sponsored the Honda Indy Toronto for 11 years and established a new relationship this summer with the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix presented by Acura at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, and the company also personally sponsors Canadian race car driver James Hinchcliffe and operates a customer racing program for Honda and Acura drivers in the Canadian Touring Car Championship.
“Mr. Honda, our founder, said ‘Without racing, there is no Honda.’ Racing is part of our DNA,” Leclerc says. “We invest a lot of money in racing, not just for the thrill of racing, but also there’s residual effects that get into our everyday cars from a safety perspective and innovations and so on.
“We want to show our passion to the public. We want to bring racing to Canadians. That’s why you see a lot of those activities happening in Canada.”
Ten years of Honda Indy Toronto race fan and partner generosity totals more than $820,000
TORONTO, ON (July 15, 2019) – Thanks to the incredible generosity of race fans, the Ontario Honda Dealers Association (OHDA) and the Honda Canada Foundation (HCF), more than $120,000 was raised for Make-A-Wish® Canada during the Honda Indy Toronto event. This marks the tenth consecutive year Make-A-Wish® fundraising efforts were an integral part of race weekend, which has generated a total of more than $820,000 for the organization dedicated to granting wishes for children with critical illnesses. All donations made during race festivities were matched dollar-for-dollar by the Honda Canada Foundation.
This year, the HCF launched an online portal offering race fans from across the country the opportunity to join in Honda Indy Toronto fundraising activities in support of Make-A-Wish for the chance to win unique prizes and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. In the week leading up to the race, the HCF also contributed an additional $25,000 to the fundraising effort at a special event hosted by Canadian IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe.
“On behalf of everyone at Make-A-Wish, I want to thank Indy fans, the Ontario Honda Dealers Association and the Honda Canada Foundation for their incredible generosity this weekend,” said Jennifer Klotz-Ritter, president & CEO, Make-A-Wish Canada. “When a wish is granted, a child replaces fear with confidence, sadness with joy, and anxiety with hope – a powerful combination that may lead to better health outcomes. We are so grateful for the support we receive from Indy and its role in our ability to support children with critical illnesses across Canada.”
Race fans of all ages were once again treated to the exhilaration of the Honda Indy and the fun of Fan Friday. In lieu of paid admission, attendees were encouraged to make a contribution to Make-A-Wish upon entering the grounds.
“This is exactly what the Honda Canada Foundation is all about and the common values we share with Canadians,” said Dave Jamieson, Chair of the Honda Canada Foundation and Vice President of Parts and Service, Honda Canada Inc. “We’re thrilled to have successfully launched the new online portal this year as we continue to expand our support of Make-A-Wish. What we’ve accomplished together this past weekend with thousands of Indy race fans, our dealers and the many Honda Canada Foundation partners is truly remarkable.”
Meet the all-new 2019 Honda Passport, a vehicle that’s not to be confused with the Honda Passport scooter marketed in North America from 1980 to 1983.
The first Passport was a 70cc strep-through scooter that was essentially an upgraded version of the company’s venerable Super Cub – a people-friendly machine that, when it launched here in 1959, literally introduced Honda to North America.
There was another Honda Passport, too. That one was a re-badged Isuzu model that gave Honda a larger SUV when it debuted in 1993 in the U.S. That lasted until 2003, when the Pilot replaced it.
But enough about those earlier Passports. The 2019 version is a completely different vehicle, and Wes Jantz of Calgary got to spend a week behind the wheel of the five-passenger SUV.
The new Passport fills a gap between Honda’s compact CR-V and their full-size Pilot. It is, essentially, a shortened Pilot, and is based on Honda’s unibody midsize light-truck platform. While the Pilot offers three rows of seats, the Passport has two rows. Wheelbase between the two models is identical, but the Passport is 15.2 cm shorter in overall length, having lost some sheet metal just aft of the rear wheels.
Honda offers the Passport in Sport, EX-L and Touring trims. The base Sport model is well-equipped with 20-inch alloy wheels, one-touch tilt and slide moonroof and a power liftgate. The EX-L adds leather seats and other niceties while the top-of-the-line Touring, which is the model Jantz drove, gets different alloy wheels, wider tires and a premium 10-speaker audio system.
All Passports get their motivation from a 3.5-litre V6 engine that produces 280-horsepower, and it’s paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Also standard in every Passport model is Honda’s Intelligent Variable Torque Management (i-VTM4) system – otherwise known as all-wheel drive.
Jantz learned to drive trucks and tractors when he was just a youngster on the family farm in Abbotsford, B.C. His first car was a 1959 Volkswagen Beetle, which he kept for two or three years. Since then, he’s owned a myriad of vehicles, including minivans and SUVs. He also enjoys driving collector cars, and has a 2006 Corvette, a 1960 ‘Vette and a 1970 Z/28.
Jantz is a Tim Horton’s franchisee, and operates seven locations in northwest Calgary. As such, he’s regularly on the road, adding more than 4,000 kilometres a month to his work vehicle. Currently, his wife drives an Audi S4 and Jantz maintains an Audi Q7.
“I thought the Passport was a good-looking vehicle,” Jantz says of his first impression. “It’s sharp, it’s the right size, and it looks outdoorsy – to me, most other SUVs look like updated minivans – but this looked different and fun. With its Deep Scarlet Pearl paint and black trim, this was a sharp looking vehicle.”
At six-foot one-inch, Jantz says he doesn’t have any trouble fitting into most vehicles. The Passport was no different.
Once inside the leather-appointed SUV, he was impressed by the sense of overall roominess and he thought the windows were large and offered great visibility. He also liked the push-button automatic transmission and felt dispensing with a traditional console-mounted gear selector was a good decision on Honda’s part.
“It’s the kind of vehicle you could hop in and drive away,” Jantz says of his ability to become familiar with basic controls. “It’s very intuitive, but I did read some of the owner’s manual to understand the (leather-wrapped and heated) steering wheel mounted controls and what they did.
“Fit and finish was great, it certainly didn’t look cheap.”
One of Jantz’s considerations when buying a new vehicle is overall performance, and he appreciates above-average power.
“I didn’t expect the Passport to be as peppy as it was,” Jantz says of his experience with Honda’s V6 powerplant. “To me, it seemed to have plenty of energy, and I was pleased with it.”
The nine-speed automatic transmission offered near-imperceptible shifts, and the transitions between gears was quick, too.
“Handling was very responsive, you could corner nicely and a little aggressively and it stayed fairly level,” Jantz says. “It always felt sure-footed, and the ride was smooth, if a little stiff, but definitely not uncomfortable.”
An avid golfer, Jantz says there aren’t many midsize vehicles that will haul four people and all their clubs. He checked how the Passport would fare, and he figures there’s enough room in the 1,430-litre cargo space behind the rear seats to cart four sets of clubs.
One of Jantz’s greatest disappointments with his Audi Q7 is the lack of a spare tire — he was pleased to note the Honda Passport was equipped with a compact spare under the cargo floor.
“I think this would suit a family of four – two adults and two kids,” Jantz says. “Or, someone my age – you just open the door and kind of move in, it’s so easy to get into and out of.”
He concludes, “My wife, Jennifer; her Audi is 10 years old and she’s considering replacing it with a Passport. We both liked it, and it would suit our needs.”
Day One: The overall size is a much-needed vehicle in the Honda line-up. The Deep Scarlet Pearl is a rich succulent colour and appealing to the eye. The running boards add to the sportiness of the vehicle. The black plastic trim is very appealing to the eye and the black rims add to the visual appeal. The interior is very spacious. It had sufficient power to meet my needs as I drove on the Trans Canada.
Day Two: I read the page in the owner’s manual explaining the buttons on the steering wheel and the dash. With that bit of information, the computer system was easy to navigate. I had no problems putting in my phone number and using Apple Car Play. The downside of the computer system is the touch screen — shows too many fingerprints and is not user friendly for someone with adult size fingers. I used the vehicle to run several errands and found it easy to handle on the road and in parking lots. Quickly realized that the blind spot indicators are too small and the warning light is easy to miss.
Day Three: Did not drive the Passport.
Day Five: Spent the day hauling various size packages. The back hatch was a bit of a problem as it does not lift high enough and I bumped my head. I was impressed with the number of compartments in the vehicle. There are three in each front door for sunglasses, tissues, and whatever else you need. There’s a large compartment in the console and ample cup holders for even large size drinks. The compartment under the carpet in the back comes with a spare tire and plenty of room for jumper cables, safety kit or a first aid kit.
Day Six: Drove to Canmore to watch our grandson play baseball. Was able to engage the cruise control and was impressed it maintained the set speed within one or two km/hour, uphill and downhill. I found the motor to be noisy at higher rpms.
Day Seven: Drove around the city. Stopped to do some errands. I tested shutting it off without putting it into Park. I was impressed that it automatically went into Park when I turned it off. I hand washed the Passport. As a car collector, I’ve noticed nice looking wheels are often hard to clean but Honda has solved that issue with a good-looking wheel that is easy to clean and no polishing required. Overall Summary: The ride height is very nice. It is easy to get in and out of. I did not feel like I was too high or too low. Overall, the pros far outweigh any of the cons and I really like the Passport.
• HCM provides $900,000 in cash and in-kind for research and innovation quality improvement, supporting students, faculty and industry • HCM strengthens Georgian College partnership with $193,500 in student recruitment and engagement and scholarship funding • Honda Canada Foundation makes $750,000 donation to purchase leading-edge equipment
Today, Honda of Canada Mfg. (HCM) and the Honda Canada Foundation announced a $1,843,500 donation in cash and in-kind to Georgian College, as part of a multi-faceted partnership benefiting students, faculty and industry. The five-year agreement includes funding for leading-edge equipment, innovative research and development, collaborative program support and newly-established scholarships for Georgian College students. The equipment will be purchased over the next two years and will benefit 30 program areas at Georgian campuses in Barrie and Owen Sound. Annually, up to 3,000 diploma and degree students will be able to access the new, state-of-the-art equipment.
Honda and Georgian College will also work together to recruit students and provide additional co-op placement opportunities, preparing students to meet the specialized needs of employers. Industry-relevant, future-ready equipment, combined with Georgian’s quality education and reputation for work-integrated learning experiences, will prepare the future workforce to sustain Honda, their supply chain and many other manufacturers located across central Ontario.
Tom Lake, Executive Vice President, Honda of Canada Mfg. and Vice Chair, Honda Canada Foundation, and MaryLynn West-Moynes, President and CEO, Georgian College, announced the investment inside the Honda exhibit at the Georgian College Auto Show on the Barrie Campus.
“Honda is an advanced manufacturing leader and employer of choice with a significant presence right here in Simcoe County,” said MaryLynn West-Moynes, President and CEO, Georgian College. “Ensuring we have state-of-the-art equipment and exceptional learning opportunities in place for our students will help prepare them for the jobs of the future and today. We’ve also made a strong commitment to advance the research agenda at Georgian and across the regions we serve, and are thrilled to have Honda partner with us.”
“The Honda Canada Foundation is pleased to support the innovation and creativity of students. This investment in leading-edge equipment will support a variety of programs allowing students industry-relevant learning experiences,” said Tom Lake, Executive Vice President, Honda of Canada Mfg. and Vice Chair, Honda Canada Foundation. “In addition, HCM is proud to be part of a vibrant manufacturing industry in Simcoe County. It is our hope that our support will illustrate the opportunities and future that exist in our community, ultimately attracting and maintaining local intellectual capital.”
The Honda Canada Foundation was established with the goal of enhancing the lives and social well-being of Canadians. Honda Canada and the Honda Canada Foundation are committed to giving back to communities where its customers and associates live, work and play.
Class-leading safety features and standard Honda Sensing®
Standard 280HP V6, i-VTM4™ torque vectoring AWD with available 5,000-pound towing capacity
Best-in-class interior volume and passenger space
The all-new 2019 Honda Passport begins arriving at Honda dealerships across Canada on March 15, filling out Honda’s award-winning SUV lineup and delivering a unique combination of on-road driving refinement and off-road capability along with best-in-class interior space. The entry-level yet well-equipped Passport Sport carries a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $41,990.
Designed for adventure-seekers who want the exceptional on- and off-road capability of Honda’s i-VTM4™ torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system, the power and towing capability of its 280-horsepower 3.5-liter i-VTEC® V6, and the more personal and rugged character of a five-passenger SUV, Passport fits between the refined and compact CR-V and the larger, family-focused three-row Pilot. Using Honda’s reinforced unibody Global Light Truck platform, the 2019 Passport features a fully-boxed floor structure, and the latest generation of Honda’s proprietary Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure along with a sophisticated fully independent suspension offering exceptional on-and off-road driving performance.
Inside, Passport offers best-in-class passenger space and total interior volume and features a large “basement” cargo area ideal for storing dirty gear or keeping valuables out of sight. Key premium technologies available on Passport include in-vehicle 4G LTE Wi-Fi, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration, a high-resolution 8-inch Display Audio system, heated and ventilated front seats, wireless phone charging, and more
The 2019 Passport is also available with a wide array of Genuine Honda accessories including the Adventure Package and Urban Package that provide cost-efficient ways to enhance the character and functionality of the new SUV. Other accessories allow Passport to accommodate a broad variety of outdoor gear, from bikes and kayaks to skis and snowboards.
The all-new Passport was designed and developed by Honda R&D Americas in Los Angeles, California and Raymond, Ohio. The vehicle and its V6 engine are produced by associates at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama in Lincoln, Alabama, using domestic and globally sourced parts, alongside the Honda Ridgeline pickup, Odyssey minivan and Pilot three-row SUV.
MARKHAM, ON (March 11, 2019) – Today, Honda Canada associates and special guests, including Toshiaki Mikoshiba, Chairman and CEO of Honda North America, Inc. and Dave Gardner, President and CEO of Honda Canada Inc., celebrated 50 years of growth and success in Canada during a commemorative ceremony at the company’s head office near Toronto. Honda Canada has sold more than four million vehicles since incorporating on March 11, 1969 and was the first Japanese automaker to build vehicles in Canada. The ceremony launches a full year of anniversary activities designed to celebrate the milestone with customers, dealers, associates and partners.
From modest beginnings as a small network of motorcycle and power equipment dealers, Honda Canada has grown substantially. With nearly 19,000 associates employed across the country in manufacturing, sales offices and dealerships, it’s now a national network of more than 600 auto, motorcycle and power equipment dealers. The company is also a major Canadian auto manufacturer, proudly building the Honda CR-V and the Honda Civic, Canada’s best-selling passenger car for the past 21 consecutive years. Through the Honda Canada Foundation, the brand is committed to giving back to communities across Canada, contributing more than $2-million to local charities each year.
“Honda planted roots in Canada with a vision of contributing to Canadian society. We are proud of our associates, dealers, partners and suppliers, who have played an important part in our growth and have helped improve the communities where we live and work,” said Dave Gardner, President & CEO, Honda Canada Inc. “We’d also like to thank the millions of Canadians who are loyal members of the Honda family. We look forward to growing with you for the next 50 years.” Five decades of Honda milestones Four years after arriving in Canada with motorcycles and power products, Honda sold its first Civic. As the first Japanese automaker to build cars in Canada, Honda of Canada Mfg. (HCM) cut the ribbon on its first manufacturing plant in Alliston, Ontario, in 1986. A second plant was brought online at the Alliston facility in 1998 to build the Honda Odyssey minivan, and in 2008, HCM began building 4-cyclinder engines at a third facility in Alliston. To date, more than eight million cars and light trucks have been built at the Alliston facility, which currently employs 4,200 associates.
A commitment to the environment has always been a priority for Honda Canada. In 1998, the company achieved ISO 14001 manufacturing certification which set a new environmental standard for auto manufacturers. This was followed by a zero-waste-to-landfill manufacturing benchmark in 2007, engines built from 100% recycled materials began in 2008, LEED® Gold Certification for the company’s head office in Markham, Ontario, came in 2010 and most recently, a $492-million investment to modernize HCM manufacturing facilities and significantly improve its carbon footprint.
While success can be measured by the number of products built and sold, Honda is also focused on making a difference in the lives of Canadians. Since 2005, the Honda Canada Foundation has contributed upwards of $2-million every year to organizations that help communities and Canadians reach their goals. More than six million people have benefited from programs funded by Honda Canada and the Honda Canada Foundation.
Additional Honda Canada achievements • 1969 Honda Canada is founded • 1973 The Honda Civic is launched in Canada • 1986 Honda of Canada Mfg. (HCM) is established, building the Honda Accord • 1987 Acura becomes the first luxury nameplate from a Japanese company available in Canada • 1991 One-millionth Honda vehicle is sold in Canada • 1997 One-millionth Canadian-built Honda rolls off the line • 1998 HCM begins building the Honda Odyssey at a second facility in Alliston, Ontario • 2000 The Honda Insight, North America’s first gasoline-electric hybrid, hits the road in Canada • 2005 The Honda Canada Foundation is established • 2014 An $857-million HCM investment makes it the global-lead for the 10th generation Civic • 2014 Honda Canada sells its four-millionth vehicle • 2017 Eight-millionth Honda vehicle is built at HCM • 2019 Honda Canada celebrates its 50th anniversary
About Honda Canada Honda Canada Inc. (HCI) was founded in 1969 and is the parent company for both Honda and Acura vehicle brands in Canada. The company has produced more than eight million cars and light trucks since 1986 at its two manufacturing facilities and builds engines at a third manufacturing plant in Alliston, Ontario. Both manufacturing facilities are extremely flexible and currently build Honda Civic and CR-V models. Honda Canada has invested more than $4.7 billion in Canada and each year it sources nearly $2.1 billion in goods and services from Canadian suppliers. Honda Canada has sold more than four million Honda and Acura passenger cars and light trucks in Canada. For more information on Honda Canada, please visit www.hondacanada.ca.
Photo caption Honda Canada associates and special guests, including Toshiaki Mikoshiba, Chairman and CEO of Honda North America, Inc. (right) and Dave Gardner, President and CEO of Honda Canada Inc., celebrated 50 years of growth and success in Canada during a commemorative ceremony at the company’s head office near Toronto.
Sleek and sophisticated new Insight hybrid sedan boasts robust acceleration and exceptional driving refinement with competitive fuel efficiency
Outstanding 5-passenger comfort with premium feature content, including standard Honda Sensing® and Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration
Markham, March 26, 2018 – The all-new, production version of the 2019 Insight will make its Canadian debut on March 28 at the 2018 Vancouver International Auto Show (VIAS), providing a first look at the latest entry in Honda’s expanding lineup of electrified vehicles. The new Insight, launching at Honda dealerships nationally this summer, joins the newly launched Clarity and will be joined by the 2018 Accord Hybrid as the third new Honda electrified vehicle introduced this year.
As a premium compact sedan, Insight is positioned and priced between Civic and Accord in Honda’s passenger car lineup. The Insight is unique in providing universally appealing styling, with the packaging and refinement of a premium compact sedan and fuel efficiency competitive with leading hybrid models. Powered by the third generation of Honda’s innovative and efficient two-motor hybrid system, Insight’s 151 net system horsepower combines with a lightweight structure to deliver the best power-to-weight ratio in its class.
“The Honda Insight shows consumers that the efficiency of a hybrid car doesn’t mean sacrificing style, refinement or performance,” said Jean Marc Leclerc, Senior Vice President of Honda Canada Inc. “The Insight is another symbol of a new era in the evolution of Honda electrified vehicles, where customers can have everything they want with no compromises.”
Design and Packaging The 2019 Honda Insight boasts a sleek sedan design with a low and wide stance highlighted by Honda’s signature “flying wing” grille and bold front fascia, low-profile LED headlights and taillights, sharp and dynamic character lines and sweeping coupe-like roofline. Inside, the new Insight features premium cabin appointments including a soft-touch instrument panel with real stitching, ergonomically sculpted seats, a 7-inch TFT color digital driver’s meter, standard heated front seats and available leather-trimmed seating and an 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration.
The new Insight’s comparatively generous wheelbase (2700mm) and exceptional packaging efficiency yields best-in-class rear legroom of 949 mm, along with a spacious 427 litres of trunk space that rivals gasoline versions of midsize cars. The placement of the lithium-ion hybrid battery pack beneath the rear seats allows for a fold-down rear seat (60/40-split) to maximize cargo- and people-hauling flexibility.
Trims and Features The 2019 Honda Insight will be available in two trims – the well-equipped Hybrid and the line-topping Touring. Standard features include full LED headlights, LED daytime running lights and taillights, 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels, heated front seats, a 7-inch TFT digital driver’s meter, push-button start, a 8-speaker audio system, LED fog lights, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth and a 60/40 folding rear seat.
The line-topping Insight Touring adds, rain-sensing wipers, a power moonroof, perforated leather seating, heated rear seats and 8-way power adjustment for the driver, embedded Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™, 4G LTE Wi-Fi with mobile hotspot capability and Wi-Fi-enabled over-the-air system updates, next-generation HondaLink® subscription services, a 10-speaker premium audio system, and HomeLink® Remote System.
Body and Chassis The Insight shares its basic platform architecture with the highly-praised 10th-generation Civic. In keeping with its premium compact sedan character, the Insight gets numerous engineering enhancements to further improve ride quality, cabin quietness and efficiency. The body features Honda’s Advance Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure. An aluminum hood, unique to Insight, reduces weight, while additional sound insulation in the engine bay, front fenders, front firewall, and front and rear floor further aids cabin quietness.
The Insight’s new chassis is designed to provide a highly refined, confident and composed driving experience. It utilizes a fully-independent suspension system – Macpherson strut front and multi-link rear – with liquid-sealing compliance bushings at both ends (Touring only). Like Civic, the Insight also features variable-ratio dual-pinion electric power steering. Confident and linear braking performance is provided by an electro-servo brake system, which seamlessly combines efficient regenerative braking and mechanical (friction) braking for ultimate stopping performance.
Advanced New Powertrain The all-new Insight is powered by the third generation of Honda’s two-motor hybrid system, featuring a highly efficient 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle engine, a powerful electric propulsion motor, and lithium-ion battery pack. Total system output is 151 horsepower and 197 lb.-ft. of electric motor torque. Under most conditions, the Insight operates as a series hybrid, in which the gasoline engine, connected to the generator motor, produces electricity that is supplied to either the electric propulsion motor and/or the 60-cell lithium-ion battery pack.
The Insight features three selectable driving modes – NORMAL, ECON, and SPORT – allowing drivers to customize their experience by maximizing efficiency or driving performance. Additionally, all Insights have steering wheel-mounted deceleration selectors to choose among three levels of regenerative braking performance, depending on driving conditions. In normal mode, the Insight is capable of all-electric driving for short distances. Unlike competing systems, Honda’s two-motor hybrid technology works without the need for a conventional automatic transmission, with the electric propulsion motor directly powering the drive axles. During higher speed operation a lock-up clutch connects the engine to the drive axles to provide the most efficient operation during highway and freeway driving.
Advanced Safety Technology The 2019 Honda Insight will include the Honda Sensing® suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies as standard equipment, which includes Forward Collison Warning (FCW), Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assistance System, Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow and Traffic Sign Recognition. The Insight targets top collision safety ratings, including an NCAP 5-star Overall Vehicle Score and IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK with a “Good” rating in all crash test modes and a “Superior” rating for front crash protection.
Manufacturing The Insight will be manufactured alongside the Civic and CR-V at Honda’s plant in Greensburg, Indiana. The hybrid battery unit will be assembled at the company’s Marysville Auto Plant in Ohio, with the 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle engine manufactured by Honda’s Anna, Ohio engine plant, which also produces the engine for the Ohio-made 2018 Accord Hybrid.
Honda Civic becomes Canada’s best-selling passenger car for 21st consecutive year
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Civic, Accord and CR-V claim #1 retail sales in their segments
Acura Division annual sales top 20,000 units for the fourth consecutive year
MARKHAM, ON, Jan. 3, 2019 /CNW/ – Honda Canada Inc. (HCI) today reported annual sales of 195,379 units by the Honda and Acura divisions combined. The Honda Division reported consistent sales year-over-year of 175,042 units sold, overcoming unfortunate production Fit and HR-V shortages due to flooding at a Celaya, Mexico manufacturing facility. The Acura Division topped last year’s sales with 20,337 units sold, surpassing the 20,000-unit sold threshold for the fourth consecutive year.
“The strength of our core business helped us persevere through a number of significant challenges to achieve our goals in 2018,” said Jean Marc Leclerc, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Honda Canada Inc. “We achieved impressive sales results and were otherwise on track for a record-setting year, despite low inventory caused by the flooding in our Celaya, Mexico plant.”
“The Honda Civic remained Canada’s favourite passenger car for the twenty-first consecutive year, while our truck lineup also excelled, led by the record-breaking CR-V,” Leclerc added.
“Our overall lineup already had one of the lowest emissions in the country and in 2018 we continued to build on our long history of environmental leadership by introducing both the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid and the Insight Hybrid to our fleet,” added Leclerc.
“The next chapter of Acura’s storied history was written in 2018 as we applied our Precision Crafted Performance principles across our entire lineup and topped 20,000 units sold for the fourth consecutive year,” said Emile Korkor, Brand Leader for Acura Canada. “The refreshed lineup, led by our fully redesigned, record-setting Acura RDX, injected enthusiasm for the brand that overwhelmingly resonated with Canadians.”